Very scenic, very popular, good acclimatization due to walking high in the day and sleeping lower at night, success rate is fairly high. Accommodation is in camps.

DEPARTURE TIME Upon request
INCLUDED
Accommodation in tentsProfessional English-speaking guide
Personal porterMeals as indicated in the itinerary
Drinking waterTransfers as indicated in the itinerary
Camping equipment National park fees
NOT INCLUDED
Hotels in Arusha or Moshi on the first & last dayVisa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
Beverages other than waterSleeping bag (can be rented, please ask us at the time of the booking)

 

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Day 1

Arusha – Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m): After breakfast, our driver will take you and your group to the Kilimanjaro National Park, just one hour away. After your team is registered with the park authorities, you will set off and enter the forest. Surrounded by huge trees, you will hear birds and monkeys as you continue upwards towards Machame camp. It should take about six hours to exit the forest and reach the site at 3 010m. Warm washing water, tea and snacks will be waiting and soon supper will be ready. Enjoy your first night camping on Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 2

Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m): After a breakfast of hot porridge, eggs and fruit you will start off into a new vegetation zone – the moorland zone. Less trees, more views – you will see more of the mountain today. By mid-afternoon you will reach New Shira camp, the campsite for the night. The site has great views – especially at sunset, when Kibo peak is bathed in afternoon light. Make sure to eat well tonight and drink enough fluids. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 3

New Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3950m): What goes up will come down. So it will be today. In order for your body to get adapted to higher altitude, you will ascend 700m and return to a much lower elevation for the night. Today’s section will take you up over 4 500m to the Lava Tower and will return you to overnight at the beautiful Barranco Camp at just under 4 000m. The day will start with a long walk uphill to the Shira Plateau. The vegetation will change to a rock-strewn moon landscape at the Lava Tower but will change again as you descend into the Barranco valley. Here you will see the weird-looking senecios and giant lobelias again. After a hike of about seven hours, you should arrive at Barranco camp where hot tea and snacks will be ready. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 4

Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m): Today’s stretch starts with the scaling of the Barranco Wall. It looks daunting and is one of the steepest sections of the trail, but can be managed easier than expected. Safety is vital – use you hands for extra grip and listen to your guide. At the top, you will admire the breathtaking views. You will continue along the edge while admiring the views of Kibo peak’s glacier. You will break for lunch in the Karanga Valley. Here you can rest a while before another three hours’ hike to Barafu Camp at 4 640 m. Arriving in the afternoon, there is time to rest, explore the camp or enjoy tea or coffee. Tonight will be an early night as you will wake up at midnight to start the climb to Kilimanjaro’s highest point Uhuru. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 5

Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m): Rise and shine! You will wake up just before midnight, have a tea and a bite to eat before setting off towards Stella Point. It is a cold climb in the dark towards the highest point on the crater rim, but pole pole (slowly slowly) will get you there. After between five to seven hours, you will stand on the crater’s edge. Continue for another hour or two to stand at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru peak. You will have a few minutes for hugs, photos and admiring the view of the sun’s rays on the landscape below, before starting the return. The descent is on the same path with which you came and will be dusty when the volcanic ash has started to defrost. You should reach Barafu Camp at around noon for lunch and a well-deserved rest. Continue downhill to Mweka Camp at 3 080m. Here is your stop for the night. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 6

Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi/Arusha: Your last day on the mountain. The last section follows a trail through the forest – it might be very slippery and muddy. After three hours, you should arrive at Mweka Gate where you will say farewell to the crew. Our driver will be there to meet you and return you to civilisation. Back to your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Tonight, you will celebrate your success with supper at the hotel. Breakfast, Dinner

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